The Department of Psychiatry at Children's National Medical Center was founded by the late Dr. Reginald Lourie and is one of the oldest in the nation. Its history of providing care to children with emotional and behavioral disturbances and advancing the understanding and treatment of these disorders is well established.
The residency program is especially strong in its treatment of severely disturbed children and youth, pediatric consultation liaison, infant and toddler psychiatry, and broad-based outpatient services. From its inception, the training program of the Department of Psychiatry has reflected comprehensive clinical service and advocacy for child and adolescent mental health. Many graduates from the CNMC residency program continue to devote their time in clinical and/or academic work to promote better care for children and youth. Faculty members of the Department of Psychiatry are active in child and adolescent mental health affairs nationally. Many faculty members are involved in regional and local mental health efforts as well.
Teaching is a priority for the faculty, with several trained in the George Washington University School of Human Resources Development/ School of Education Master Teachers Program. All CNMC faculty members are also faculty at The George Washington University School of Medicine. In addition to training child and adolescent psychiatry residents in our program and also from Walter Reed, we participate in the training of general psychiatry residents and medical students from George Washington University, and psychiatry residents from St Elizabeth’s Hospital. The faculty members also train pediatric and neurology residents from Children's National Medical Center, and senior medical students from regional and national medical schools.
Description of Fellowship Program:
The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Children's National Medical Center provides comprehensive clinical child and adolescent psychiatry training that furnishes abundant opportunities to pursue academic and administrative psychiatry, research, and service to public and/or private populations. The program provides frequent opportunities to meet with leaders in the field who are creating health policy and research that is shaping current practice. Few programs offer such scope, balance, and depth. The program offers a blend of superior faculty, diverse cultural and socioeconomic populations, a broad spectrum of clinical problems, and the opportunity to work in a superb pediatric facility and participate in a broad range of research opportunities. These clinical and academic strengths, coupled with the chance to live in one of the nation’s most attractive and exciting urban centers, make the program at Children's National Medical Center highly desirable.
Child and adolescent psychiatry residency requires a twenty-four month training experience. The foundation of the program is its major teaching services: Inpatient, Day Treatment, Outpatient (including Infant and Toddler Psychiatry), and Pediatric Consultation Liaison. The inpatient psychiatry services have separate units for children and adolescents. In addition to these four teaching services, there are specific training experiences in emergency psychiatry, community psychiatry, school consultation, and forensic psychiatry. The program provides experience in several subspecialty clinics: Affective Disorders, Neurobehavioral, ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Sleep Disorders, Infant and Toddler Clinic, and the Feeding Team.
An important feature of the program is its commitment to providing opportunities for research and/or electives during the second year of residency. We offer a rich menu of second year electives, with second year schedules designed for each fellow based on their interests. Research training is supervised and coordinated by faculty actively involved in research. To pursue their research interests, trainees can select a research supervisor.